Professor Achino-Loeb is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on the study of ideology and its connection to power and identity. She has developed and taught courses on Silence, Language and Culture, Migration and Identity, and Globalization. Her work has been published in several journals, including American Anthropologist and Theory in Psychology, and in the volume she edited, Silence: The Currency of Power (Berghahn Books, 2006). She has been involved in a concerted effort to bridge the gap between academia and the general public though various venues: as cochair of the Anthropology Section, New York Academy of Sciences (2005-2007), and as organizer and participant in a session titled Bamboozling the Public: Ignorance or Design in the Distortion of Science? (AAA National Meetings, Washington, D.C., 2007). Currently, she cochairs the Columbia University Culture, Power, and Boundaries seminar.
Teaching and Research Interests
the study of silence; language and culture; migrations, ethnicity and identity; rhetoric and religious movements
Professor Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb was a discussant for Silence in Ethnography at the American Anthropological Association national meeting held December 4-7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Her paper "Reflecting on Silence and Anthropology" was published in POLAR/onLine, in March 2015.
Professor Achino-Loeb has been co-chair of the Culture, Power, and Boundaries seminar at Columbia University this academic year. University Seminars at Columbia University were founded as a forum for faculty to gather together across disciplines. Achino-Loeb is serving as co-chair as the seminar celebrates its 42nd year.